• Thu
    5pm - 6pmOur Place, 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8V 3N4

    Philip Wilkin, who passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 24th, 2018, was a man with the true spirit of giving. Phil sat on various committees designed to improve health and welfare of prisoners within the Canadian Prison System, and actively advocated for education, treatment and prevention.

    To help celebrate his achievements, HepCBC has set up a GoFundMe page to collect $1000 to host a COMMUNITY DINNER at OUR PLACE Thursday, January 10th from 5-6 pm.  400-500 guests are expected. Link to GO FUND ME: https://www.gofundme.com/rip-philip-wilkin-true-spirit-of-giving

    Location: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Ave., Victoria. We hope to see many of Phil’s friends there as well as others in the broader community, many with whom he had interacted during his work at AIDS Vancouver Island.

    Can’t donate money? There is also an opportunity for 7-12 people to VOLUNTEER as meal host/server (3-7 pm; dinner is included of course). There will also be an OPEN MIKE to tell the guests about Phil and what he meant to you. Songs or skits, etc. welcome as well. Contact HepCBC through the contact form on http://hepcbc.ca/contact-us/ to add your name to the server list.

    HepCBC has dedicated a webpage to Phil (http://hepcbc.ca/2018/11/30/phil-wilkin-1957-2018-r-i-p/) and also showcased some of the projects he started in the community, including the Prison Outreach initiative (http://hepcbc.ca/prisons/) and Colouring Book (http://hepcbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180919_ColouringBook_edition1b.pdf).

    We miss him already and are sending love to all who loved him.

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  • Wed
    8:45 am - 12:30 pm PDTONLINE or Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC

    INVITATION to Medical Professionals (MoC credits available) and Members of the Public to

    BCCDC's World Hepatitis Day Webinar "Moving Towards HepC-Free BC" 

    Wed., July 24 (8:45 - 12:30 pm Pacific time):

    Participate ONLINE (see below) OR IN-PERSON at Paetzold Health Education Centre (Room JPPS 1891 LT) | Jim Pattison Pavilion | Vancouver General Hospital | 899 West 12th Ave | Vancouver, BC

    A free Grand Rounds event (in-person or online) for General Practitioners, nurses, community groups, public health, and others who are interested in engaging people in hepatitis C (HCV) care.

    Online (Chrome Web Browser required) or In-Person Registration link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_007IKAxXMEpRKM5

    Today’s HCV treatment cure rates are >95%. However, with the rapid change in the treatment landscape, challenges remain to linking people with HCV testing, care and treatment. This webinar will explore methods, challenges, and successes of engaging people from different populations into HCV care.

    Topics will include:

    Session 1 (8:45 am to 10:30 am, including patient voice#1, Q&A and refreshments)

    • Update on HCV epidemiology and care cascade in British Columbia
      Dr. Naveed Janjua (BCCDC/UBC, Vancouver)
    • Screening and treatment of hepatitis C in correctional facilities
      Adam Beaumont (PHSA/Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, Victoria)
    • Cool Aid Care model–HCV screening and treatment of marginalized populations
      Anne Drost (Victoria Cool Aid Society, Victoria)
    • Linkage with care and HCV treatment at an Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) clinic
      Dr. Edward Tam (LAIR Centre, Vancouver)

    Session 2 (10:45 am to 12:30 pm, including patient voice #2, Q&A and refreshments)

    • HCV screening and linkage with care among the South Asian population
      Mohammad Hayat (Progressive Intercultural Community Services, Vancouver)
    • HCV screening and linkage with care among women
      Dr. Neora Pick (BC Women’s Hospital/Oak Tree Clinic, Vancouver)
    • Linking people who are not currently engaged in HCV care
      Dr. Alnoor Ramji (UBC/Providence Health Care, Vancouver)

    *BCCDC Public Health Grand Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity as defined by the
    Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Registered participants (MDs only) can earn MoC credits.

    Hosted by BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority

    Co-sponsored & promoted by: HepCBC, Hepatitis Education Canada, Pacific Hepatitis C Network, UBC, and CanHepC

  • Sat
    12:30 pm - 4:30 pmCentennial Square, downtown Victoria, BC

    This annual event will be held again in Centennial Square.
    HepCBC volunteers hope you will come to our information booth.
    We have some great new educational materials!
    Event sponsored by AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI), CISUR, Peers Victoria, and Moms Stop The Harm.

    AVI.provided the below details:
    Together we will hold space to remember those loved and lost, while advocating for decriminalization, dignified healthcare and a #safesupply

    Join us for join us for Victoria’s Largest annual public Narcan Training, Community BBQ, Resource Tables, Live Music and Memorial Heart Activity with Moms Stop the Harm.

    The Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project will be offering a free and confidential drug checking service.

    This event has been organized by the South Island Community Overdose Response Network (SICORN) with funding from the Community Action Initiative (CAI) and support from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)

    Event takes place on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen speaking peoples, of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

    Join us in the evening for a candlelight vigil of remembrance. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/371601193503055/

  • Tue
    11:00 am - 3:00 pmColumbia Street, 400 block, between Hastings & Pender, Vancouver, BC

    HepCBC will be there once again, and we have some great new educational materials to share! Come and join us. The Alley Health Fair is an annual street festival that brings together organizations and service providers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to promote health, wellness, and to educate participants about local services available to them. The event includes music, food vendors, hair-cuts, massage, health testing, bicycle and wheelchair repair, among many other features.

    Sponsored by: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House.

  • Mon
    Fraser Valley locations

    All but one of BC's 8 federal prisons are in or near the Fraser Valley. HepCBC visits these prisons twice a year.

    HepCBC peer-volunteers are visiting all 8 federal prison facilities in BC during Nov. 4 - 8, 2019. This is HepCBC's fourth round of twice-yearly visits under the auspices of the Community Resource Expo program, organized by John Howard Society. HepCBC brings information and support not only for hepatitis B and C, but for HIV and misc. STIs as well, to the best of our ability. Positive Living BC is no longer funded for this program, so we are doing our best to fill the gap using materials from CATIE. Here is our schedule:

    Monday, Nov. 4, 2019: Matsqui Institution, Abbotsford, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
    Monday, Nov. 4, 2019: Pacific Institution, Abbotsford, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village, Harrison Lake, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 Mountain Institution, Agassiz, 12:45 pm – 3:45 pm

    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 Kent Institution, Agassiz, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 Kent Institution, Agassiz, 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Institution, Mission – Minimum Security, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Institution, Mission – Medium Security, 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

    Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 Fraser Valley (Women’s) Institution, Abbotsford, 9:00 am – 11:45 am
    Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 William Head Institution, Metchosin, 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm

    For more information about this program, contact HepCBC.

  • Thu
    11 am - 9 pmCarnegie Community Centre, 401 Main St., Vancouver, BC

    At this point, we just know it's happening! Once again, it will be organized by John Cameron of the Consumers Board, who always manages to pull an amazing event together! There will be lunch, snacks, dinner, and a whole day of speeches, videos, panel discussions, contests and PRIZES, info tables (HepCBC will have one), great networking and always INTERESTING conversations! You'll learn all the latest about HIV, the opioid crisis, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and other STBBIs. You can get Naloxone training as well as get tested for various diseases. Hope to see you there!

  • Sun
    12:00 pmConference Call - inquire with HepCBC for information

    There will be two optional parts to HepCBC's 2019 AGM, and Members can attend either one or both parts. Only people who have been Members for at least 30 days can vote. All registered Voting Members have been notified by email or mail of the upcoming AGM and election.

    Part 1 is the online "Election Buddy" election (secure, confidential online ballot Members fill out when it's convenient). HepCBC will email Members all the election materials and instructions (the "voting package") on December 7th. Members can vote online anytime between December 7th (NOON) and December 14th (11:45 pm). This is the most convenient option, but we will miss the conversation "back and forth" with one another.
    It won't take long, only 5 - 10 minutes maximum. Voting Members will be asked whether they approve/accept last year's Minutes, this year's Agenda, and 3 short Reports (Activities, President's, and Financials), then they will vote Yes/No for each of the nominated Directors.

    Part 2 is the actual meeting, December 15th (NOON), where participants can talk back and forth via a conference call. If a Voting Member did not vote through Election Buddy, she or he will have a chance to vote by voice at this meeting, but it won't be secret. Also, participants can hear others' ideas, make comments, and hear the final election results.

    Voting Members: Watch your email December 7th for your voting package!